New LED lightbulbs offer a vintage look
Now that manufacturers of LED-based lightbulbs have mastered the art of mimicking the warm, power-guzzling glow of incandescents, new energy-efficient models have rapidly been replacing their predecessors. However, there are still some places where these forward-thinking bulbs don’t quite fit—for example, in lighting fixtures that call for exposed bulbs. Here, the plasticky, futuristic look of most LED options can’t hold a candle to old-fashioned Edison bulbs.
Fortunately, manufacturers are now in a race to create convincing traditional-style LED bulbs that replicate the romance of early incandescent models. Lighting Science, a company best known for working with NASA to develop lighting for the International Space Station that responds to astronauts’ circadian rhythms, has introduced the Roxy—a down-to-earth bulb for residential customers featuring linear LED strips that look like incandescent filaments under clear glass.
“As the technology converged with our abilities, we thought it was important to start improving the aesthetic of light,” says Fred Maxik, the firm’s chief technology officer. “People have been putting incandescent bulbs in fixtures for years and love the way they look, and we thought it was important to respect that.” The Roxy is available with a regular incandescent-like light color of 2700K, or an even warmer, candlelike 2200K.
Bulbrite, a top maker of specialty bulbs, has also introduced a new collection of old-looking bulbs, named Nostalgic LED Filaments. The range features a variety of styles and sizes, including a simple round globe and a tall avocado form, as well as smaller candelabra bulbs, with color temperatures of 2700K, 2400K, or 2200K. With the same shapes and slightly tinted glass as the company’s incandescent offerings, says Eric Choi, product manager for specialty lighting, the line provides “an energy-efficient option with the look and feel of vintage bulbs.”
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